A 3-year-old Colorado boy was brought to urgent care unconscious and not breathing and now the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office says they have charged the mother’s boyfriend with murder.
Medical staff at the urgent care tried to perform lifesaving efforts on the child, but the boy was pronounced dead, authorities said.
At the urgent care, investigators were not sure if the event that caused the child’s death was a criminal act or an unknown medical issue, deputies said.
An investigation was done by the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office and Fort Collins Police Services. They learned that around 1:30 p.m. on the day the boy was brought to urgent care, the child was assaulted by his mother’s boyfriend, Jaime Omar Rodriguez, 27, police said.
The assault happened while inside a business, authorities said. From there, the child was taken home and then later taken to the urgent care center when another family member observed the child was unresponsive, police said.
During their initial investigation, authorities said that Rodriguez was arrested on March 24 for an outstanding no bond parole violation warrant and was booked into the Larimer County Jail.
After more details were determined during the investigation, Rodriguez was arrested again on March 26 at the jail on charges of first-degree murder and child abuse causing death, both felonies, authorities said.
No bond has been set for these new charges.
The Larimer County Coroner’s Office said they would release the cause and manner of the boy’s death later, police said.